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This latest Russian comedy directed by Alexander Veledinsky, who was a co-writer of the screenplay with Rauf Kubayev and Valeri Todorovski is based on the novel The Geographer Drank His Globe Away. It is hard to get a wonderful movie out of a wonderful book, but the team simply did it! Outstanding actor Konstantin Khabensky plays Victor Sergeyevich Sluzhkin: fired biologist, disappointing husband, forgetful father, alcoholic, and brand-new geography teacher to a bunch of year 10 kids (born in 1997) who simply do not care about anything!
The story introduces us to Russian life of ordinary people through very solid dramatic performances, typical humour, anecdotes and extraordinary cinematography. Newly employed geographer has to come back every day home to his eternally grouchy and inexplicably gorgeous wife Nadya (Elena Lyadova)... until she gets interested in his eternally jovial and romantically successful best friend Budkin (Aleksandr Robak)! They all become a part of a peculiar love triangle, set against the bleakly beautiful small-town Russian winter, where the days are short and nights are cold and long. Our hero suddenly gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student (Anfisa Chernykh) and the stress of educating teenagers. But, the Geographer, as the students immediately dub Sluzhkin, attempts to escape from the gruelling, dull, stultifying reality of Russia's provincial life in a rafting tour to the Urals, accompanied by wild, adventure-seeking adolescents. Facing numerous grim surprises of the nature, Geographer is poised to find himself and his own truth.
I am blessed that I can understand most of the Slavic languages, because, at the moment, I could not find any good English subtitles for this movie. Some of the festivals around the world had their own substandard translations but they were doing injustice to the witty dialogue which was almost a trademark of this film. If you understand Russian, you love movies with every scene photographed beautifully - regardless if the shots were inside the two rooms of Victor's apartment or in the wilderness, want to see excellent Russian actors and to enjoy perfectly adapted literary masterpiece, please, make every effort to see it in the near future. It is one of the strongest films from the Russian Resurrection Film Festival.
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